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September 9, 2016
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Outdoor Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

Film festival attendees enjoy the 20-year tradition.

This year was the 20th anniversary of the NIH Comcast Film Festival, an end-of-summer ritual for many NIH employees and neighbors. The festival was able to return this year to the grounds of Strathmore Hall. Over the 3 nights, attendees were treated to showings of Jurassic World, with 1,800 moviegoers; Minions, which drew a hundred or so on a rainy evening; and for the finale, 1,400 came to see The Wizard of Oz.

“The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the NIH charities and to provide an opportunity for employees and community members to meet,” said Randy Schools, retired president of the NIH Recreation and Welfare Association, which helps coordinate the event each year. “The festival is one of the longest continuously running film festivals in the U.S. Seeing The Wizard of Oz on one of the largest screens in the country was a treat and a long-time memory for a lot of those in attendance.”

Also stopping by the movies this year was Roger Berliner of the Montgomery County Council, who brought greetings on behalf of the council and thanked the many volunteers who keep the event going.

Film festival attendees enjoy the 20-year tradition.

Film festival attendees enjoy the 20-year tradition. Film festival attendees enjoy the 20-year tradition.

Moviegoers enjoy waffle cones at the film festival.
ABOVE: Moviegoers enjoy waffle cones at the film festival. BELOW: Enjoying movies one night are (from l) event founder Bob Deutsch, Erin Pinkney of Comcast, Roger Berliner of the Montgomery County Council and former R&W President Randy Schools. “The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the NIH charities and to provide an opportunity for employees and community members to meet,” said Schools, a longtime festival organizer.

PHOTOS: JENNY DEUTSCH

Enjoying movies one night are (from l) event founder Bob Deutsch, Erin Pinkney of Comcast, Roger Berliner of the Montgomery County Council and former R&W President Randy Schools.

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